ID problems affect WSOP players and 'ElkY'

In today's Daily Rewind we find out how ID issues are causing problems for WSOP hopefuls and why 'ElkY' will be missing this year's action.

Prove yourself

Bring your ID
WSOP officials dropped a logistical bombshell last night when they announced that non-US residents will need two forms of ID in order to register for events this year.

Following orders from government officials, Seth Palansky explained that it is now necessary for international players to prove their address as well as their name and date of birth.

In previous years the WSOP accepted a single form of ID - generally a passport - but following a change in federal law players will now be asked to provide additional documents to verify their address.

The change in policy is because US businesses accepting large transactions are now required to document where clients live in order to prevent money laundering; however, Palansky has urged players not to worry:

"Any phone bill, gas bill, credit card bill, driver's license or rent statement would help with the identification process as long as it has your address information. In order to get paid out, you need to prove some form of residency."

'ElkY' to miss the WSOP

Angry 'ElkY'
While finding a second form of ID has suddenly became an issue for international players, it seems Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier was already ahead of the identity crisis curve following the theft of his passport.

Explaining his plight via Twitter, the French pro stated that he is stuck in Paris because his travel documents were stolen in Toronto and now he can't travel to the US for the start of the WSOP.

In a desperate bid to get some new ID, Grospellier visited his local passport office but was told that the earliest appointment he could get is June 20.

Between that date and the processing time it's looking likely that he will miss a large portion of the Series and possibly only just make it in time for the Main Event.

EPT renews PT4 partnership

It's just been announced that PokerTracker4 and the EPT will join forces once again next season.

Following a successful partnership during Season 10, the two brands will now work together across EPT11 to demonstrate the benefits of using PT4.

Like last season, representatives from PT4 will be at various EPT stops to guide players through the software's capabilities as well as offer a range of free trials and other incentives.

EPT11 will kick off in August when the tour lands in Barcelona for its 100th anniversary event.

Question of the Day

"Do you think the WSOP's new ID policy will help prevent various forms of cheating or is it another piece of annoying paperwork?"


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The Finn's latest haul came over the course of 449 hands with one of his largest wins occurring when his 7d6h4s3d2d was enough to take a $32,250 pot away from Phil Ivey.

Suffering the largest loss of the last 24 hours was 'Sanlker'. After just 344 hands the online pro dropped $185,214 to finish ahead of Chun lei Zhou and Phil Ivey.

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Daily Signoff

For today's Signoff we leave you with the second instalment of Ultimate Poker's Me vs. U featuring Dan O'Brien and Danielle Andersen.

Yesterday's Daily Rewind: Doyle reveals his biggest ever pot

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